The journey is abruptly over for a Michigan State squad that had its sights set on the Final Four. The Spartans couldn't keep up with Duke in the second half of a highly anticipated Sweet 16 showdown Friday evening in Indianapolis.
The fellas from East Lansing exited the tournament to the tune of a 71-61 defeat.
For the third time since 2008, Tom Izzo's team was stopped short in the Sweet 16. Third-seeded Michigan State managed to rough up Memphis in the round of 32, setting the stage for a prime time showdown between perennial powers and premier coaches.
Second-seeded Duke moves on to an Elite Eight collision with overall No. 1 Louisville on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, Michigan State must pick up the pieces and take a look in the mirror.
The Spartans enjoyed yet another strong season under Izzo, but there's blame to go around after a disheartening loss to Duke. Here a look at individuals who struggled to answer the Blue Devils' efforts in Indy.